Old conference rivals are going to play again when your Oklahoma State Cowboys play the Texas A&M Aggies meet in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. These two schools have not met since the 2011 season when Oklahoma State won 30-29 on their way to a Big 12 title. After that season, Texas A&M began playing in the SEC and have had a mixed bag of success since the move. So far in their records against each other, Texas A&M leads with 17 wins and Oklahoma State with ten wins. For those that do not know
Oklahoma State has technically never played in the Texas Bowl before, however, they played in the 2002 Houston Bowl, (which was later replaced by the Texas Bowl in 2006) and defeated Southern Miss 33-23. Texas A&M, however, has played in the Texas Bowl more recently when they played in 2011 against Northwestern and won 33-22, but later lost in 2016 when Kansas State won 33-28.
A bowl game is here. Old rivalries renewed the last chance to see departing seniors, and other players who have NFL aspirations. Enjoy the Texas Bowl, it is the last Cowboy football game until the spring game in April.
- Date/Time : Dec 27, 5:45 PM CT
- Where: NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)
- Forecast: 72 degrees
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: WatchESPN
- Betting Line: + 6.5 OKST O/U 53.5
Texas A&M Aggies (7-5)
The Aggies did not have the season they had hoped for when September rolled around. However finishing the regular season with a 7-5 record is respectable, especially when those losses came to LSU, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, all teams that either is or at one point had a serious thought about playing in the playoff. Do not overlook the Aggies just because they have five losses.
One of the brightest spots for this Aggie team has been the play of true freshman running back Isaiah Spiller who ran for 869 yards and nine touchdowns on only 155 carries. Running backs are a necessity in any division of football and the Aggies have found theirs for the next few seasons. Quarterback Kellen Mond followed up his sophomore season with less passing yards but still finished with a total of 2,802 yards. This A&M offense can be very efficient and can beat anyone by running the ball or having Mond drop back and pass to receivers who are led by junior Jhamon Ausborn who led the team with 65 receptions and averaged 13.3 yards per catch.
25 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-4)
If you told Cowboy fans before the season that they would lose Tylan Wallace for the season and then Spencer Sanders for a few games, and they still end with an 8-4 record, they would have been ecstatic. This Cowboy season flashed moments of excellence but injuries derailed numerous players and the flow of certain games. Nevertheless, the Cowboys kept their bowl streak alive at 14 seasons, and have Cowboy faithful excited about next season.
If you have not heard, Chuba Hubbard is playing in this bowl game, which will continue his season and have a chance to break the 2,000-yard mark and become only the second Cowboy to have that many yards in a season. There is no indication if Chuba is planning on staying another season or leaving for the NFL, so make the most of Friday’s game and enjoy seeing him in orange and black one more time.
Keys to the Game For OSU
Get Chuba Going — Since Chuba is going to play, the Cowboy offense needs to be centered around him. Chuba is the best player on the field when he plays, and the offensive line needs to open holes for him. Making Chuba a threat, will force the Aggies to focus on him, and open passing lanes for Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders if he plays.
3rd Down Conversions — The Cowboys are only converting 37 percent of their third downs this season. For the Cowboys to stay in this game and win another bowl, they will have to convert more than 30 percent.
Defensive Pressure — It has been written before, but turnovers for defense are a good thing. When LSU played Texas A&M, they forced Mond to move out of the pocket and have passes under duress. The Cowboy defense and Jim Knowles will need to take this game plan and use it again. Force A&M to be uncomfortable and give the game away.
This game will be close but Jim Knowles will have his defense play with a sense of there is nothing to lose and they will gamble for turnovers and get them. Look for Chuba to have an absurd game and go out with over 2,100 yards on this special season for him and Cowboy football. This game has the makings of a great bowl game and a primer for the playoff taking place on Saturday. This will be a close game with the last team with the ball coming away with the win.